The Heuer Autavia really needs no introduction. What was once seen as a cheap sports chronograph has, in the last couple of years has become one of the hottest and respected vintage watch in the market.
The Autavia was released in 1962 under the new management of Jack Heuer, where the name was an amalgamation of the words ‘Automotive’ and ‘Aviation’. This was the first line that Jack Heuer released, even before the famed Carrera line, placing significance on the Autavia as the model that marked a new chapter for Heuer.
This example while still featuring a round case, is a later variant distinguished most easily but the switch from a screw back case in the earlier iterations to a compressor case. With thicker, blockier lugs, the Ref. 2446C has a more muscular presence as is reflective of the stylistic cues of the era.
Featuring a classic 3 sub-dial layout and powered by the trusty Valjoux 72 movement, alongside the Rolex Daytona and Omega Speedmaster, this is one of the most iconic manually wound chronographs of the 60’s.